Minor Overview

Music is more than a subject for academic study, an art form or a casual pastime. It is a great passion and universal language shared by all of the world’s cultures. The minor in music teaches you music history and theory, as well as the rudiments of composition. The studio component enables you to explore music as an avenue for your own artistic expression through lessons in an instrument of your choosing. Depending on your level of interest, you’ll have the option to participate in one of the university’s undergraduate performing ensembles.

While the minor makes you a more sophisticated listener and practitioner of music, it also presents it as an interdisciplinary art form that compliments the study of other visual performing arts and academic disciplines. Its influence is continuously felt in historical and literary developments, while its importance to cultural identity, race and even cognitive development make it particularly enriching to many social science fields.

Curriculum and Requirements

Students are required to master the rudiments of musical theory and to emerge with a comprehensive view of music history as well as the fundamentals of informed listening. Students also study an instrument of their choosing and participate in one of the University’s performing ensembles. Given the prominence music continues to hold culturally, its interdisciplinary relationships make it well-suited to the interests of students majoring in a variety of fields and also offers students an outlet for artistic expression.

Course Structure

Required Courses

MU 110

(1 cr.) Private Music Lessons taken for three semesters for a total of 3 cr.


MU 130

Understanding Music


MU 230

Music Theory I


MU 330

Music Theory II


Select three semesters of a performing ensemble (1 credit each):


MU 190

Quinnipiac University Singers

MU 194

Jazz Ensemble

MU 200

Special Topics

Elective course


Total Credits